Biography of George Kittelson
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George Kittelson, an enterprising general and stock farmer of section 23, Sheldon township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, March 8, 1868, son of Kittle Torgerson and Djare Bundahl. The parents, natives of the same part of Norway, were there married and resided until 1869, when they came to Houston county, Minn., locating in Mound Prairie township on a farm. They afterwards removed to Union township, where both died. George Kittelson was the third born of their five children and received a practical training in agriculture on the home farm, assisting his parents until he was 30 years of age. He then engaged in farming in Looney Valley, where he remained for five years, at the end of that time coming to his present farm. Two years, however, he spent on a farm in North Dakota, which he bought and still owns. His farm in Sheldon township contains 160 acres of valuable land, and is situated on Hauge Ridge. It is well improved, the buildings being in good condition. Mr. Kittelson raises both crops and stock, being a general farmer, but is giving particular attention to the breeding of Durham cattle. Independent in politics, he is now serving his second year as school treasurer. He is a member of the stone Norwegian Lutheran church in Houston. On March 30, 1886, he was married to Elsie Johnson, who was born in Telemarken, Norway, daughter of Kittel and Sigma (Oesey) Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Kittelson have had ten children: Tulle Sophia, wife of Jerden Swenson, a farmer of Sheldon township; Carl, who died at the age of three years; John Selmer, residing at home; Selena, who is a nurse; Jeanette, Carl (second), Ella Georgina and Josephine, all living at home; Nina, who died in infancy; and Nina (second), residing with her parents. Kittel and Lena (Oesey) Johnson, the parents of Mrs. Kittelson, came from Telemarken, Norway, to Houston county, Minnesota, in 1868, settling in Yucatan township, where they remained two years. They then removed to Looney Valley, and later to Badger Valley, Sheldon township. Mr. Johnson died in Houston in 1908, but his wife still survives and is a resident of that village. They had seven children, of whom their daughter Elsie was the eldest.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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